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Every week, we feature a new developer/blogger from the DZone community in our newsletter. Starting this month, we're going to check in with our featured devs to find out what they're working on now and what's coming next.

This week we're talking to Brian Gracely, a neighbor of DZone in North Carolina's Research Triangle. On top of his work as Director of Technical Marketing at EMC, Brian co-hosts the award-winning weekly podcast The Cloudcast -- regularly syndicated here on DZone -- with Aaron Delp. In addition to the Cloudcast, some of Brian's most recent DZone posts include:

Hi Brian! Thanks for talking to us. What have you been working on lately?

In my day job, I've been working on alignment of the technologies and 2013 activities for the concept of "Software-Defined Datacenter" for EMC. It's an interesting project to help a company evolve from hardware/infrastructure-centric to more software/system-centric as the market demands change.

The Cloudcast (.net) podcast has grown really fast in 2012. Our listeners keep telling us to explore open-source, DevOps, cloud management and some emerging markets, so we're working on lining up some really interesting guests for 2013. We're also working on creating more media-centric content, expanding beyond what we currently have on our YouTube channel.

On the side, I've been working with social-media guru Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja) on this concept called "Engineers Unplugged", where we try and get engineers talking about technologies they are passionate about and using it to educate others in short formats. It still has a ways to go to get the format and breadth of content right, but it's a fun way to engage people at industry events.

Lastly, I've been trying to stay engaged with the Triangle DevOps (@TriangleDevOps) group that meets monthly in RTP.

The Cloudcast is participating in the Krispy Kreme Challenge this year. Can you tell us a little bit about that? Are you eating a lot of donuts in preparation?

Aaron Delp (podcast co-host) and I started running the Krispy Kreme Challenge a few years ago because we're idiots and we thought it might be fun. Neither of us are great runners, but we really enjoy all the craziness around the event (costumes, gluttony, etc.). And any excuse to eat donuts is a good one. 

More importantly, this year we decided to try and take it up a level, so we're asking listeners to donate to the charity that the race supports (NC Children's Hospital). They do really great work to support sick kids. We promised to match all donations up to the first $1000, and if somebody makes a great donation then we'll also let them choose the costumes we wear for the race in 2013 (see the attached video for some prior costumes). It's our way of giving back a little bit and having lots of fun.

Now that 2012 is almost done, what do you think were some of the most exciting developments in the cloud world this year?

  • People stopped debating definitions and primarily focused on how they could solve various business challenges using Cloud Computing (services or technologies). 
  • Cloud got really competitive, with every large vendor making major moves (AWS, Google, Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, VMware, Salesforce). 
  • People are really beginning to understand that APIs are critical to success using Cloud Computing, and the interesting tools that leverage those APIs are starting to emerge across multiple functions.
  • The cloud management stacks (CloudStack, OpenStack, Eucalyptus, VMware, Virtustream, etc.) all matured and evolved, so companies now have many viable options, depending on what they are trying to build.

What are you looking forward to in 2013?

  • VMware spinouts
  • Commodity Cloud pricing wars
  • Watching more technology companies try and align their strategies to software-centric models
  • Watching more "traditional" businesses evolve to become technology-centric through innovation & partnering 
  • How Cloud Computing "exchanges" evolve (buying & selling capacity in an open marketplace)
  • If OpenStack deployments become viable or not
  • If Bromium's security model is adopted and how their technology evolves beyond Windows PCs
  • If Windows 8 adoption (across platforms) is as bad as Windows Vista was.
  • If Cisco makes any major acquisitions
  • Detroit Tigers winning the World Series

Thanks, Brian!


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